United States Ambassador to the European Union: “Everything we have accomplished is because of our shared vision and hard work”

It has been an honor to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the European Union over the past three years.

I believe in the European Union and in the power of the U.S.-EU relationship to do good in the world. I am reminded each day that we are essential partners in a turbulent world.

As I come to the end of my term, I would like to take a moment to reflect on what we have accomplished. It’s a long list and I’m proud of what we have achieved together.

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Blog Series on U.S.-EU Cooperation, part 3: the Joint U.S.-EU Financial Regulatory Forum

By Lawrence Norton, United States Treasury Representative for Europe (Featured Image Source: Share America)

At least twice a year, U.S. and EU regulatory experts take part in the Joint U.S.-EU Financial Regulatory Forum (“Forum”). The Forum, which alternates between Washington and Brussels, is an important venue for transatlantic financial regulatory cooperation. The Forum was previously known as the U.S.-EU Financial Markets Regulatory Dialogue, and has existed since 2002. In July 2016, the dialogue was enhanced, renamed, and re-launched by Jacob J. Lew, Secretary of the Treasury, and Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue, also in charge of Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union. The next Forum meeting will be held in Brussels in February 2017.

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Fighting Terrorism through Customs Trade Partnerships

By Shawn Beddows, Deputy Attache, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, United States Mission to the European Union

It is no secret that the terrorist attacks on 9/11 forever changed the world we live in. As a legacy U.S. Customs Inspector working in Newark, NJ on that fateful day, I can vividly recall the chaotic moments following the impacts of the planes into the World Trade Center buildings, which I could see from my office in the Newark/Elizabeth Seaport. Several of us quickly secured the perimeter of the U.S. Customs office building as the Twin Towers eventually collapsed in front of our eyes. It was at that moment that one of my colleagues, looked at me and said, “This job will never be the same again!” He could not have been anymore prophetic on that day.

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Transforming science through international collaboration at the NSF Brussels office

Nicole Peterson, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at NSF, and Jessica Arriens, NSF’s Office of Legislative and Public Affairs

Scientific cooperation is stronger today than ever before. With increasing access to STEM education (Science, Technology, Education, and Mathematics) and scientific facilities, opportunities for collaborative research are growing. Working together ensures we leverage both scientific resources and funding to improve science and relationships among people around the world. The National Science Foudation (NSF) Europe and Eurasia Office in Brussels that recently moved from Paris where it had been located since the 1980s is a hub for creating relationships with funders, scientists, and policymakers that can lead to better scientific collaborations, global research programs, and greater awareness of scientific results. With more than 55 percent of U.S. international research involving Europe or Eurasian countries, the Office plays an important role in maintaining our transatlantic connections.

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College of Europe Team Presents Social Media Project on Countering Violent Extremism at the State Department

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From the 24th to the 28th of June 2016, the “EUnited against Extremism” team from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium competed in Washington DC in the Peer 2 Peer Global Competition to challenge extremism, sponsored by the United States State Department and Facebook. In this competition, University students from around the world develop and execute campaigns and social media strategies against extremism that are credible, authentic, and believable to their peers and resonate within their communities. Of the 45 participating teams, the six finalists were invited to present their work at the State Department in Washington DC. Continue reading “College of Europe Team Presents Social Media Project on Countering Violent Extremism at the State Department”